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Selected Employment

Strategic Innovation Consultant ~ Callaghan Innovation May 2019 -current

Case study research on innovation sectors around the world, to inform the development of New Zealand’s Gracefield Innovation Corridor. 

  • Onsite interviews with innovators and entrepreneurs around the world.
  • Analyze best practices, including organization/government relationship models.
  • Recommending successful innovation sector development strategies. 
  • Work with senior teams to enhance open collaboration and the use of user-centric design to better understand client needs. 

Creative Provocateur ~ International Keynote Speaker August 2018 – current

  • Ignite creativity and innovation through speaking, teaching, and consulting engagements around the world.

Head of The Design Kitchen at  Google [X]: January 2017 – July 2018

  •  Led design and prototyping teams for The Design Kitchen, the company’s in-house design consultancy and prototyping lab.
  •  Focused on early-stage proof-of-concept prototyping for all Google X projects.
  •  Redesigned team work environment and consolidated multiple machine shops to promote more productive collaboration.
  •  Created educational programs with hands-on learning for X staff.

Lecturer: Mechanical Engineering Design Group at Stanford University  June 2012 – Dec 2017

Faculty Catalyst: Education Experiences: at Autodesk : Feb 2016 – Jan 2017

  •  Launched the Generative Learning Lab and lead an avant garde group of engineers & designers prototyping the future of learning.
  • Launched the Gammers Research Guild to gain inspiration from game designers and implement new approaches to online learning and making applications.
  • Launched Catalyst Conversations: lunch time talks with guest Stanford faculty and Autodesk staff on current trends in education and technology.

Technical Consultant:  Welding & fabrication expert for 3D robotic metal printing, machine learning project
Applied Research Lab: Autodesk Pier 9: February 2016 – January 2017

  •    Designed and built out a high-rate metal printing 3D robotic welding lab.
  •    Prototyped fabrication, cooling, and tooling approaches for robotic welding manufacturing.
  •     Collaborated with programers and machine-learning experts to teach robots think like fabricators.

Executive Director: Stanford Creative Ignition Lab: June 2014 – Dec 2016
HASSO PLATTNER Institute of Design at Stanford University and Autodesk

  •       Conceived of and founded the Stanford Creative Ignition Lab, one of the first Stanford labs to be established within the headquarters of a corporation.
  •       Raised over a half a million dollars from corporate sponsors to fund the lab’s establishment and operations.
  •       Developed the lab’s strategic vision, educational programs, and brand identity.
  •       Pioneered new ways to purposefully bring the tools of production seamlessly into creative processes.

Director: ReDesigning Theater: June 2012 – Dec 2014
HASSO PLATTNER Institute of Design at Stanford University

  •     Led program from concept, developing it into a robust project with a wide variety of coursework and performance opportunities.
  •     Developed a challenging curriculum to create meaningful learning experiences.
  •     Sought out individuals and groups at the cutting edge of theater and performance to identify nascent trends in technology and art.
  •     Incorporated data, engaged in need-finding, and developed real-world prototypes to create more accessible and engaging theater experiences.
  •     Engaged students with project incubation, lecture series, workshops with industry professionals, and exposure to current theater productions and trends.

Founder / Executive Director: The Crucible: January 1999 – January 2011

  • Conceived of & founded The Crucible. Crafted & designed its image, brand, & identity
  • Raised over 8 million dollars from individuals & corporate sponsors
  • Developed and oversaw the annual organizational budget of $3 million annually
  • Managed, hired, trained, mentored, & evaluated 30 staff, 90 faculty, & 800 volunteers annually
  • Developed strategic vision & lead strategic planning processes
  • Designed and developed educational programs serving over 8,000 youth & adult annually
  • Pioneered, designed, directed, & produced theatrical benefit performances for 25,000 annually
  • Designed 2 Crucible facilities: classrooms, work spaces, gallery, & theater spaces
  • Solicited, quoted, & managed commissioned projects & an entrepreneurial product line
  • Oversaw the creation of the marketing, public relations, development, & communications plans
  • Acted as the principal public & media spokesperson & promoter
  • Cultivated & maintained critical social, political, governmental & community relationships
  • Built alliances with city officials, agencies, community organizations, stakeholders, & unions
  • Cultivated supportive contacts with local & national television, radio, magazine & web media

Lead Designer / Fabricator: Voltage Metal Works 1994 – Current

  • Innovative custom porotypes in metal, wood, glass & fire effects.
  • Architectural, ornamental, lighting, furniture, hardware, automotive, & motorcycle prototypes

Prototype Builder / Shop Manager: KID Group 1989 – 1990

  • Product Design top 10 invention group with over 250 licensed products
  • Created product prototypes and designs for a variety of products, including children’s toys to food packaging, and health care products to personal electronics.

Selected Teaching

  • 2015- current Guest Lecturer: Arts Entrepreneurship, San Francisco Arts Institute, CA
  • 2013- current Guest Lecturer: Arts Entrepreneurship Program, UC Berkeley, CA
  • 2012- current Lecturer: Mechanical Engineering Design,, Stanford University, CA
  • 1999-12 The Crucible Oakland, CA: metal & glass departments
  • 1995-99 Civic Arts Center, Walnut Creek, CA: bronze casting, ceramic sculpture
  • 1998      California College of Arts, Oakland, CA: sodium silicate sand molding
  • 1998      The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL: figurative metal sculpture
  • 1997      The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL: introduction to metal working
  • 1997      Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, MI: iron casting
  • 1997      The Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL: forging and metal forming
  • 1996      National Institute for Art & Disabilities, Richmond, CA: ceramics
  • 1996      Xcentric Metal Works, Oakland, CA: welding, metal design & fabrication
  • 1996      Studio One Art Center, Oakland, CA: stone carving, ceramics
  • 1994-96 Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito, CA: ceramics, woodworking
  • 1995      ASUC Art Studio at U.C. Berkeley, CA: clay carving & glass cullet glazing
  • 1994      Mendocino Art Center, CA : sodium silicate bronze casting
  • 1994      Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland, Oakland, CA: fine arts
  • 1992      Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy: marble carving 

Selected Design Thinking Instruction

  • 2016    80 Founders & CEOs via Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)
  • 2016    70 CEOs from China via China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)
  • 2015    35 Students from Nanyang Tech University EMBA
  • 2015    50 Entrepreneurs via the School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University
  • 2014    42 Students & faculty from Indian School of Design & Innovation ISDI Parsons Mumbai
  • 2014    26 Guangdong Province Mayors, China: Stanford Center for International Development 

Selected Lectures 


Leadership Training

  • 2010    LeaderSpring Fellow: 2-year Leadership Program for nonprofit executive directors

Selected Awards / Honors

  • 2019     Edmund Hillary Fellow Cohort 5, New Zealand
  • 2016     Theatron Network Advisor: Redesigning Theatre, Royal Danish Theatre, Denmark
  • 2014     Favorite Professor: Knight Fellow Award, Stanford University, CA
  • 2007     World Land Speed Record: Motorcycle on B100% bio-diesel, Bonneville Salt Flats, UT
  • 1998     Absolut Au Kurant Juried Invitational Merit Award, Chicago, IL
  • 1998     Dussek Campbell-Yates Shaping the Future Award, Chicago, IL
  • 1998     Edward L. Rhyerson Fellowship Award The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • 1996     Jury Award Bedford Gallery, Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, CA
  • 1994     Olin Award: F.W. Olin College of Business, Alfred University, Alfred, NY
  • 1994     Departmental Honors: The School of Art & Design, NYSCC, Alfred, NY
  • 1993     Jury Award for outstanding media articulation: School of Art & Design, Alfred, NY
  • 1992     Award for excellence in sculpture: S.A.C.I., Florence, Italy

Selected Consulting

Organizational & program development, facility design, user experience design: 2004 – current

Live Theatrical Productions

  • 2017   “Viva La Resistance!” Fire Theater: The Crucible, Oakland, CA: designer & director
  • 2016   “The Origin of Love” Fire Theater: The Crucible, Oakland, CA: designer & director
  • 2014   “Quest” Live engagement: Innovation Endeavors, Santa Cruz, CA: designer & director
  • 2013   “Oakland School for Arts Anniversary” Fox Theater, Oakland, CA: designer & director
  • 2010   “Heat” Fire Cabaret: The Crucible, Oakland, CA: Designer, director & producer
  • 2009   “Dracul: Prince of Fire” Fire Ballet: The Crucible: Designer, director & producer
  • 2008   “Firebird” Fire Ballet: The Crucible, Oakland, CA: Designer, director & producer
  • 2007   “Romeo & Juliet” Fire Ballet: The Crucible, Oakland, CA: Designer, director & producer
  • 2007   “The Fire Odyssey” Epic theatre: The Crucible: Designer, director & producer
  • 2006   “Seven Deadly Sins” Fire Opera: The Crucible: Designer, co-director & producer
  • 2004   “Dido & Aeneas” Fire Opera: The Crucible: Designer, co-director & producer
  • 1999-2009 “Fire Arts Festivals” Annual event at The Crucible: Designer & producer

Solo Art Exhibitions

  • 1999     “Machines of Metal & Light” Blasthaus, San Francisco, CA
  • 1998     “Organsmatic & Mechanatomical Works” The Better Weimaraner Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1995     “Signs of Life” Art Tech: Holmes Fine Art Gallery, San Jose, CA
  • 1994     “Remains and Artifacts of A Dead Planet” NYSCC, School of Art & Design, Alfred, NY
  • 1991     “From Here to Reality” Garden Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
  • 1990     “In the Beginning” Salathe’ Gallery, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA